The Taos Tigers will be hitting the road again - their third-straight away game since their final home game Oct. 21. In a perplexing move, the final rankings published by the New Mexico Activities Association ranked the 6-4 Taos Tigers at number nine, below a 5-5 Ruidoso Warriors who ended up at number eight - meaning the Tigers would have to make the 260-mile journey to their home field.
This marks the second year in a row that the Tigers have had to open their post-season on the road. Taos made it into the tournament last season and had to travel to Bloomfield for their first-round playoff game. Taos lost to the Bobcats, 41-7.
Taos is riding a three-game win streak, having defeated the West Las Vegas Dons (Oct. 21), the Pojoaque Valley Elks (Oct. 28) and the Bernalillo Spartans (Nov. 4) to end with a 6-4 overall record and 4-2 in district play. Conversely, the Warriors ended their season on a two-game losing streak and finish their season 5-5 overall and 2-2 in District 4-4A.
Due to New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) regulations, the geographic distance between these two opposing teams means that the game could have been played on a Saturday - to account for appropriate travel time needed. However, the game will be played on Friday, November 11, and will start at 6 p.m.
This appears to be the first time these two teams have met, and this marks the second consecutive year Taos has made it into the post-season. The Warriors won the state title in 2014 with a 35-28 final over the Cobre Indians.
If Taos can pull off the upset, they would then have to travel to Las Vegas to take on the top-ranked Robertson Cardinals Nov. 18 (see bracket).